Although we don’t usually worry about extreme heat until July or August, even these late spring days can be dangerous for pets in cars. We wanted to remind everyone as we get into these warmer months- never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 100F in a matter of minutes, even with the car windows partially open.
During warm weather, pet parents and guardians must take precautions against the danger of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for their pets. Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting and releasing heat through their paws. On hot days, the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves.
And if you see a pet in danger? Follow these steps and you could help save a life!
Alert nearby business management
Call the police or animal control
Take down the make, model, color, and license plate of the vehicle
Stay with the pet until help arrives.
If your pet isn’t able to join you at the location you are going to, consider leaving them at home where’ they’ll be happier, more comfortable, and a LOT cooler!
Sources: https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/estimated-vehicle-interior-air-temperature-v-elapsed-time and https://trupanion.com/pet-care/pets-in-hot-cars